Teaching & Learning Methodologies
At Dunamase College we aim to have the student at the centre of their learning. The key principle is to equip students with an ability to be responsible for their own learning, to be self motivated, engaged and passionate learners.
We use a dual teaching and learning approach of both assessment for learning and assessment of learning. This allows students to be part of their development and learning while also enabling their teachers to carefully assess and monitor their progress.
We use a blended learning model. We make wide use of technology in teaching and learning. The students use ipads for their learning and for submission of homework. The school operates a Virtual Learning System (VLE) in both languages for the provision of learning materials and assessment.
Assessment for Learning
Assessment for Learning is about inviting students to be active participants in their learning. It is a formative approach to assessment carried out in conjunction with the tradition summative form of assessment.
It allows students to see where they are in their learning, where they are going in their learning and how they will get to the next stage in their learning. At Dunamase College the content of each subject for the year and each individual term is carefully explained to students. In addition the intended learning outcomes are explained for each class. This enables students to engage with their lessons in an informed manner.
Assessment for Learning can be carried out in numerous and various ways. As students have the use of IPads the AOL can be carried out using ICT through the use of Apps and online games such as Kahoot, Plickers, SeeSaw etc.
Students may also make use of reflective journals to keep track of their learning.
Finally Assessment for Learning places a strong emphasis on meaningful feedback. Students are regularly provided with constructive feedback on their learning and progress enabling them to see where they can improve and how to do so.
Blended Learning is a model of teaching and learning that uses traditional teaching and technology to maximise learning oppurtunities for all learners. Assistive technology, embedded readers and translation tools all combine to create an innovative learning environment that adapts easily to incorporate remote learning.
Flipped classroom models and project based learning are facilitated also by the inclusion of digital strategies and the staff and students are constantly upskilling in new technologies and learning strategies